Global Poverty Weekly Update January 30, 2017
Global Poverty Campaigns
Weekly Update | Week of January 30, 2017
"Optimism is a political act." – Alex Steffen (Thanks to our founder Sam Daley-Harris for bringing us this inspiration!)
The question hangs in the air: What comes next? What can I do? The answer? A lot more than we may realize. All across the country, newspapers and social media are newly focused on advocacy. Lend your voice to that conversation. Take action today in several ways.
It's that time of year . . . to make appropriations requests of our legislators. Each year, every member of Congress has the opportunity to weigh in on our nation’s priorities through the appropriations process. This appropriations season, urge Congress to voice their support on issues that build the foundation to end poverty – health, education, and economic opportunity.
Take a look at our Appropriations page to get one-pagers on all our requests. You''ll also be able to grab a copy of the brand new February Action Sheet. The action sheet will help you make those requests. It also comes complete with a sample meeting guide for creating an Education and Action meeting for your community so even more people can get in on this critical appropriations work.
For this campaign, our goal is to have 100% of RESULTS groups and Free Agents meet face-to-face with their members of Congress or meet with local staff in person with participation by DC policy staff. Groups have already begun with their meetings – it's exciting!
Let's make the First 100 Days something Congress will remember all year long! #First100Days #RESULTS100
1. Meet as a Group to Plan, if You Haven't Already. Or Make Your Own Plan if You are a Solo Advocate! To prepare, print out the First 100 Days planning materials available online, take a look at the 2017 Grassroots Planning Calendar, and kick off the year in a big way! Set a goal to have your First 100 Days Campaign plan completed as soon as possible. And for context and inspiration, take a listen to the January National Grassroots Webinar for Global Campaigns.
2. Book Your First Meetings with Your Members of Congress. Use our February action sheet to bring your appropriations requests for FY18 to your members of Congress. Let us know of your planned member of Congress meetings through our online form. And prep for your meeting using top tips from our Activist Milestones.
3. Get set to attend your choices from a slate of webinars designed to deepen your learning on how to work with Congress and how to lead with action in your communities. These webinars will instruct, inspire, and empower you along the way. (Listen to completed webinars on our First 100 Days page.)
4. Track your progress and celebrate your successes all along the way on our brand new First 100 Days tracker.
Also, "After the Election: How to Talk About RESULTS." Take a listen to the recording of the recent webinar that covered this important topic. We even have sample social media posts and a sample op-ed for you to use. Watch this webinar; you'll discover new tools for moving people to action in this new political environment.
Feeling a call to action? Join us in our nation's capital July 22-25, 2017 and we'll head to Capitol Hill together, because Congress needs to hear from YOU. The RESULTS International Conference is a chance to use your voice to change the world. Together we’ll spend three days hearing from leading experts, learning new skills, and meeting fellow advocates committed to the end of poverty. Then we’ll take our message straight to Capitol Hill. Registration is now open at earlybird rates!
February 1, 9 pm ET. Leading with Action: Mapping and Engaging Community Groups Powerfully with RESULTS Tools. Login: http://fuze.me/34116910. Or to join by phone: (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34116910.
February 7, 9 pm ET. Telling Our Stories of Self, Us, and Now to Engage Others. Login: http://fuze.me/34116930. Or to join by phone: (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34116930.
*New Date* February 8, 9 pm ET. Appropriations 101: Global Poverty. Login: http://fuze.me/34174934. Or to join by phone: (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 34174934.
February 11, 2 pm ET. National Webinar/Conference Call for Grassroots. Login: https://www.fuzemeeting.com/fuze/f2988286/30204806. Or to join by phone only, dial (201) 479-4595, meeting ID 30204806.
February 20. RESULTS Office closed. In observance of Presidents' Day.
February 20-24. House and Senate recesses.
July 22-25. RESULTS International Conference in Washington DC at the Washington Court Hotel. Registration is open!
Advocacy Resources (Weekly updates, action sheets, online action alerts, and more)
Report 2017 Actions
2015 & 2016 Global Congressional Scorecards (See global poverty actions your members of Congress have taken over the past few years.)